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Tale # 65
Dept: Management Score: 45
Feb 6th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Slippery Promotions”
A donut My boss was given a temporary promotion and needed to choose one of us little people to cover his job for a few months.

Unfortunately, my boss (by all accounts and I'm not being paranoid here) doesn't particularly care for me, so it didn't come as a big shock that although I was senior enough to have walked into his temporarily vacated position, there was an invitation for ALL the little people to apply.

Though I was also in school at the time and didn't even want the position, I applied anyway perceiving that in some way it was expected of me.
Well, an even littler little person got the job over me and is STILL, after several months, afraid to give me any directives. LINK
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Tale # 133
Dept: I.T. Score: 39
Dec 30th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Computer work”
A donut My particular job was to move computers from cube to cube, among several large buildings for a financial company.

One day, in about my 3rd month on the job, I arrived with my cart to the cube on my work order for equipment removal. The cube in question had a lady sitting at her desk, typing away. I asked if she knew about the computer I was too pick up and showed her the work order. After reading the work order the look on her face was one of horror, sadness and anger. She broke out sobbing, gently folder her arms and resting her head on the desk. I immediately went to her manager 2 floors above to ask if he had given me the correct information, I felt there must have been a mistake.

His answer was that he had forgotten to tell this lady she was displaced. He picked up the phone and asked security to come walk her out IMMEDIATELY. Shrugging his shoulder he sort of laughed then reminded me he needed her equipment out ASAP so his unit would no longer be charged the monthly networking fee. After a silent, awkward pause, he asked me to close the door on my way to get her equipment. LINK
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Tale # 502
Dept: Human Resources Score: 29
Oct 1st 2010 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Circle of Life”
A donut One of my friends received a fantastic promotion to be the Director of Human Resources for a Fortune 500 company. During the interview, he was told that he had exactly what the company needed to become more efficient and effective. He was relocated across the country and given free reign to start improving operations. Two weeks later he was brought into a meeting and told his first major obligation would be to fire several hundred people. A month later he was told, "Now that that's done, you're being fired too." LINK
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Tale # 157
Dept: I.T. Score: 27
Oct 12th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
A donut I was independently developing an application for several months leading up to 9/11. It was the only application scheduled for completion during that several month time period. I was working 7 days a week, at least 12 hours a day. Then 9/11 came around, and they kept us at work saying, "what's the big deal?" I continued working.

During the week after 9/11 the company employees were in a panic. The CFO assured us our jobs are safe and there is no truth to the rumors.

By the time I finished testing my app and began to write docs for it, the CTO sternly asked me EVERY 30 MINUTES if I was done yet. "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?" I was proud of my work and told him I'll let him know the minute the docs are complete. He persisted asking me every 30 minutes.

Finally I told him it's complete. He immediately got up from his desk which was across from mine and walked out of the room. Ten minutes later I was called into the CFO's office and became the first employee of the company to be "laid off", and was given no severance. That was the beginning of the end, and the company soon folded during the post 9/11 IT slump. LINK
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Tale # 132
Dept: I.T. Score: 23
Dec 30th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“I smell pipe smoke”
A donut I used to work at a company that was growing rather fast. Because of this, when a new person started, the HR droid took a Polaroid snapshot and hung it on on poster with a diagram of the seating arrangement on the wall with your name underneath it.

This way if someone needed to talk to "joe smith" they could go to the poster and find your name and see what you looked like and where you sat.

Turn over was pretty high.

The guy that did the firing smoked a pipe. He would walk up to the poster with a piece of paper in his hand. You could seem him scanning the poster looking for a match on the name.

When he found the match, he would take down the photo and walk up and down the aisles till he found the person he was looking for.

He would then take him into a conference room and terminate him/her.

It became a sick joke: When you smell pipe smoke, keep your head down.
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